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Welcome to Sadie Valeri's

 Online Atelier 

Online Art Lessons: Virtual Drawing and Oil Painting Courses

A rigorous and comprehensive classical atelier program with affordable personal mentorship.

Sadie teaches drawing, painting, portrait, figure, landscape, and still life
with graphite, charcoal, and oil paint.

Purchase individual courses or become a member for immediate access to all our courses.

Start any time, work at your own pace.

Beginners and artists of all experience levels are welcome!

Drawing Courses

Classical Drawing with Graphite

Our drawing  program is based on 19th century French academic training methods, starting with Bargue plates and moving on to cast drawing. Advanced graphite pencil shading techniques and historic training exercises lead to significant leaps in drawing ability for artists of all levels.

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"I learned more about light and shadow in your video about how to draw a sphere than I have in years of viewing and reading about similar exercises.”

"This has been the class I've been looking for since rekindling my love and desire to draw and paint again some years ago. A method of progressive learning to see and to understand what I'm looking at and a means to break the subject into manageable steps and pieces a little at a time."


Drawing by Ian Hurtado Zafra

Classical Drawing with Charcoal

Sadie shares timeless principles for capturing proportion and light in her clear, descriptive teaching style. Techniques for creating strong, light-filled charcoal drawings of subjects like drapery, casts, and the human figure can be applied to any subject.


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"Sadie is a wonderful and joyful teacher. I had been struggling trying to understand cast drawing on my own but her video gave me several 'aha' moments."

Painting Courses

Alla Prima Oil Painting 

Contemporary Impressionist

This single-session, wet-in-wet method works best for quickly capturing fast-changing subjects like flowers and landscapes with fresh brush strokes.

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"The videos are filled with gems and information like no other course I watched."

Painting by Sadie Valeri of Roses

Direct Oil Painting

Italian Renaissance

An efficient method for creating a finished painting with a few layers, starting with an under painting and completed with a couple color layers.

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“Amazing instructional videos, clear, concise, and to the point. I’ve learnt more from these videos than 4 years of university instruction.”


Indirect Oil Painting

Dutch Golden Age

The most time-consuming and technical of the three methods, Indirect oil painting starts with a detailed graphite line drawing and gray-scale under painting, followed by several layers of full-color painting, including glazing and scumbling for a highly refined finish.

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"Sadie's philosophy, coupled with her passion, shine forth in all of her teachings. But more than that, her pedagogy is sound: I have been finding her content to be constructive, positive, encouraging... and presented in a way that the student can actually incorporate into their art practice."

Still Life oil painting by Sadie Valeri | Black Jug with Seashell

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Members get instant access to all of Sadie's online Courses and our Community Forums, and affordable mentorship and feedback from our atelier instructors.

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Since 2006 Sadie had been publishing a well-known blog sharing her painting and drawing techniques. Get a glimpse into Sadie's studio and her current paintings and projects.

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About Us

About Sadie Valeri

Sadie Valeri is an internationally recognized classical oil painter based in San Francisco, California. Her work has been exhibited across the United States and Europe and featured in dozens of periodicals and books. She has been invited to judge several national art competitions and has been a faculty member at the Portrait Society of America's annual conference and a headlining presenter at the F.A.C.E Figurative Art Conference.


About the Atelier

Sadie began accepting private students to her studio in 2009, and over the following decade she and her husband Nowell created a nationally-known ARC-approved atelier art school instructing 150 students a week in a 3,500 square foot studio. She has been teaching students online since 2016.

Photo of Sadie and Nowell Valeri and art students at our San Francisco atelier studio

Help and F.A.Q.

Where should I start?

Intro to Classical Drawing and Intro to Oil Painting are accessible courses for beginners and valuable in-depth reviews of the fundamentals for all levels of experience.

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